Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Tuesday, 7 August 2012.
Pushing the Limits
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Published: 3rd August 2012
By: Mira Ink

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been on a bit of a paranormal kick for the last couple of years and have read very few contemporaries, but Pushing the Limits might just bring me back to them. Although, it's a book about a couple of troubled teens, it had some awesome swoonworthy moments and I actually cried, something I haven't done when reading a book for a long time. And not always because of sad reasons, but happy, emotional ones.

Echo and Noah both attend the school counsellor and this is how they come to really get to know each other. Echo used to be one of the popular kids, before the incident, and her friends and family are trying to get her back to that place. While Noah, whose parents died a couple of years ago in a house fire, is a loser stoner who is in the foster care system. Usually, they would be keeping their distance from each other.

Echo can't remember exactly what happened to her and the counsellor is trying to help her remember and deal with it. It was intriguing to fill in the gaps along with her, throughout the book. She is a really likable character and I loved seeing things work out for her. At the start of the book, she is a fairly weak character and gets walked on by everyone. By the end, her character has grown immensely and she is able to stand up for herself and take over her own life.

Noah is awesome, I loved him. He has been between a few different foster homes, and was separated from his two little brothers after the fire. His hope is to get custody of them when he reaches 18, but with the way things are at the moment, that's not going to happen, so he needs to make some changes.

When he starts falling for Echo, it is so sweet. With the tough exterior that he has built around himself, he hardly realises it and part of him doesn't want to accept it. And Echo can't believe that she is having feelings for Noah Hutchins "the stoner!" if she goes out with him, it will be social suicide. Seemingly, so wrong for each other, really, they are perfect together.

This was one of my favourite books this year. I loved the relationship between Noah and Echo and their scenes together were the best. It's fast paced and kept me glued to the pages. I can't recommend it enough.

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Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire said...

ahh I can't wait to read this! I'm almost done w/ Girl of Nightmares and hopefully by tonight I'll get started on this!! I can't wait! Everyone's been raving about this!

Neyra @DarkestAddictions said...

I'm so glad you loved this book Suzanne! I definitely fell in love with Noah Hutchins<3 *Sigh* This book is worth the wait, every penny, and it's pages! >.< Lol

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I think my only problem with this book was that Noah was just a bit TOO awesome, you know? Like, unrealistically self-aware and great. Anyway, I felt the same way about their relationship and about most of this book. It wasn't quite a five star reading experience for me that it was for you, but I'm so happy you loved it.
Wonderful review as always, Suzanne.

Giselleco said...

OMG wasn't this fantastic? I freaking loved it and Noan and Echo are such amazing characters! So happy to read this review! :D

Rachelanbig said...

Soooo glad you loved this one too, Suzanne. There were happy and sad tears in this one for me too. I'm so glad Echo got strength and finally started standing up for herself. I thought Echo and Noah were perfect for each other. Each helping the other to heal and move on from the past. Brilliant review Suzanne! :)

Keertana Anandraj said...

I loved this novel, Suzanne! It's easily one of my favorite debuts of the year and I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! Noah and Echo were so perfect for each other and I love how their relationship only made them stronger and helped them to face their fears! It was so heart-wrenching! Wonderful review!(:

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Krystianna said...

I'm glad to hear that you really liked this one! I can't wait to read it. I've heard nothing but amazing things. Thanks so much for the review!

Heidi said...

Another rave review! I am reading this for the read along and am about haflway through and like you I am not always the biggest contemporary fan but this book seems to be a winner. I love Noah and Echo two broken people trying to find their way!

A Canadian Girl said...

I loved seeing Echo grow as a character too, Suzanne. And Noah turned out to be such a deep character - his decision to do what was best for his brothers at the end made me teary too. I was on the subway so I couldn't cry but if I was at home, I think I would have :)

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this Suzanne! I really loved Noah and Echo too (though maybe not so much at first) and couldn't help but want a happily ever after for both of them. I cried endlessly through this! Noah's little brothers were mostly responsible for that. ;) Fantastic review.

Pnrurbfantasyreviews said...

I need to read this soon. I've seen so many great reviews for it! I must pick it up soon! Great review!

Jennifer @ Dream Reads said...

Am I the only person who has not read this yet? I feel like it :D
Seriously, this sounds amazinggg. Great review :)

Jennifer @ Dream Reads

DonnasReviews said...

Another awesome review for this awesome book. I don't think I've seen a bad review yet! Glad you loved it!

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